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Practicing Advent

Practicing Advent

Advent happens and it is beyond our control. Advent happens whether we have all the time in the world or a little bit. That’s the truth Jesus is teaching in this tiny parable. “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its...

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Curiosity

Curiosity

Curiosity Read Matthew 2:1-12 “… they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising until it stopped over the place where the child was.” (v.9) Meditation This year let’s commit to living from a place of Epiphany. We’ll willingly...

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Seeing

Seeing

Seeing Read Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 “…the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah.” v.15 Meditation The in-between way is murky. What once was well defined is now blurred. What brought...

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Emptying

Emptying

Emptying Read John 2:1-11 “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” (v.7,8) Meditation This in-between space of living with covid is teaching us about the common good. We have glimpses of...

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Inhabiting Advent

Inhabiting Advent

Inhabiting Advent 
 by Janice MacLean These months of COVID have given us practice in waiting, in longing, in wondering, in watching. These good Advent words have a different sense as they pull us through a pandemic. It’s a long Advent we’re in. We are still...

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This Moment

This Moment

This Moment by Janice MacLean They wait. They visit the Temple. They do their routine, day in and day out. So, when an ordinary couple with a tiny baby in her arms and the meagre sacrifice of two turtledoves in his hands come in they see they know. They hold the...

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An Image for Our Time

An Image for Our Time

This is a mandorla.  It’s a good image for this span of time. Mandorla means “almond” in Italian. It is the space where two circles intersect, where two opposites come together. I think of it is a kind of intertidal zone between being beached and bereft and being...

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So, Are You a King?

So, Are You a King?

SO, ARE YOU A KING? Year B – Reign of Christ Sunday: John 18:33-37. By Hugh Farquhar Next Sunday is traditionally called “Christ the King Sunday,” now referred to in my tradition as “Reign of Christ Sunday.” It’s the last Sunday of the Christian Year, a transitional...

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Let Us

Let Us

“LET US” Year B: Twenty-fifth after Pentecost: Hebrews 10: 11-18; 19-25 By Hugh Farquhar When our oldest offspring was going through the telling corny jokes phase of childhood, he asked me what one religious skunk said to the other. I don’t know,” I replied. “Let us...

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Not to Worry

Not to Worry

NOT TO WORRY Thanksgiving Sunday: Matthew 6:25-34 By Hugh Farquhar Many years ago, my family and I moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, where I was a post-graduate student at King’s College. During our time there we became familiar with a phrase people often used: “not to...

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